Hacks to Make you Better at Precise Measurement

Hacks to Make you Better at Precise Measurement

In any DIY project, accurate readings are vital. We’ve put up a list of the best ways to improve your measurement skills.


Use Tape Measure:

It is often necessary to bend the measuring tape with a tape measure to achieve an accurate reading. Dry-fitting or keeping the workpiece and noting where something needs to be trimmed with a pencil will allow you to eliminate the need for tape completely. You may get a more exact mark by drawing an arrow instead of a single line. The arrow’s tip indicates the precise spot where you should cut.


Add the width of the saw:

The width of the saw blade is referred to as the kerf. For every job requiring many cuts, knowing the kerf width is necessary. If you can’t seem to figure out why the hardwood cuts are constantly short, it could be because you failed to account for the saw blade’s width.

An easy solution is to cut your pencil to the same length as your sawing blade. You may even cut many portions out of the same wood without worrying about over-cutting if you ensure that all cuts are at the inner edge of the mark.



Equally spaced height may be found using a water level, which has been around for a long time and is quite inexpensive. This can be a low-cost substitute to a laser level, particularly suitable for measuring uneven floors. Water and transparent plastic tubing are all that’s needed to make a basic level, plumb, and 45-degree tool.


Don’t rely on memory:

Always write down the readings. Relying on memory is an easy way; however, you can’t memorize all readings. For instance, the micrometer reading is fine and can be hard to remember. Writing it down is probably a good way to remember it.

Use a permanent marker to indicate the lengths and measurements of your project construction cuts on your tape measure; in the same manner, you would mark the measurements and lengths on a story pole. Make use of a variety of colors to distinguish between the various things. If you ever need to double-check a measurement, bring out the tape measure and search for the proper color. Afterward, wash off the tapes with acetone to dissolve the marker, and your tape will be fresh, clean, and prepared for another task in no time.



For material that has to be divided into equal halves, slant the measuring tape or yardstick out across the surface. When you’ve done that, readjust the tape so that it falls on a number that is readily divisible by the number of pieces you wish to produce.


Use The Measuring Tape as a Base:

The width of the tape casing is marked on the base of the majority of measuring tapes. You’ll note that most measuring tape bases are flat as well. Their configuration is intended to make taking internal measurements more convenient.

In some cases, such as taking measurements of a rugged door opening, bending the tape will not provide an accurate measurement. Place the entire tape measure inside the aperture, measure that from one edge to the other, and then add the tape measure to that length. Make yourself familiar with the tape’s width, and you’ll find that it becomes instinctive in no time.


Final Words:

These tips are earned from experienced DIY workers and professionals. We hope this can help you with your project.

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